First Production 2018 Volvo XC60 Rolls Off Swedish Assembly Line
Torslanda-Built Crossover to Hit American Showrooms Later This Year
The first example of the all-new 2018 Volvo XC60 was assembled today at the company’s Torslanda, Sweden, assembly facility. The crossover, which is destined first for European markets, should hit U.S. showrooms by the end of the year.
“This is a proud day for everyone at the plant,” says Magnus Nilsson, vice president of the Torslanda plant. “We have worked hard in recent weeks and months to prepare Torslanda for this latest new Volvo model, and now we are ready to start delivering new XC60s to customers.”
The XC60 is the fourth model in Volvo’s lineup to be designed around the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The modular vehicle platform will soon underpin other 60 Series cars like the S60 sedan and V60 wagon, and it already forms the basis of the 90 Series (XC90, S90, and V90). Investments in SPA have added employment throughout the company.
With the first-generation XC60 moving close to 1 million units over its nine-year production run, anticipation among the Volvo faithful for the new SUV was high. And as the XC60 represents about 30 percent of the company’s global sales, it’s imperative that its follow-up remains as successful and popular.
Helping it in its mission is an attractive, conservative design that borrows a few styling elements from other Volvos, like the “Thor’s Hammer” LED light signature, strong shoulder line, and graceful sheetmetal surfacing. Furthermore, since the new XC60 is based on SPA, it receives a good percentage of its structure from the solid, luxurious-feeling XC90 crossover. It also will enjoy a version of the XC90 T8 Twin Engine’s plug-in hybrid powertrain boasting a stout 407 hp, which beats out every other compact luxury crossover save the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 (with 469 or 503 hp). Unlike the V-8–powered Benz, the XC60 Twin Engine gets its verve from a 2.0L super- and turbocharged I-4, plus a pair of electric motors.
We’re eager to learn how well those numbers (and that lovely sheetmetal) work on public roads, so we’re glad production is now fully underway.